Paul Biber – A Life for the Precision Mechanics
A Personality of a Teacher at the German School of Watchmaking Glashütte
As Alfred Helwig characterized the apprenticeship for watchmakers for many decades, Paul Biber influenced the development of the fine mechanics department and therefore became the second supporting pillar, beside Helwig, of the “German School of Watchmaking Glashütte”.
Friedrich Georg Paul Biber was born in Dresden on July 6, 1891. After his school days he did his apprenticeship in fine mechanics at the company for measuring instruments Gebr. Keilpart in Dresden. In 1920, his first patent specification “device for measurement of wedge angles” was released and he finished his master’s certificate.
Biber was hired as a specialist teacher and workshop foreman at the fine mechanics workshop at the German School of Watchmaking Glashütte in September 1921. In the following 36 years he established principles in the apprenticeship of precision mechanics, built teaching materials and educated hundreds of students.
On the one hand Paul Biber had high demands on his students; on the other hand he encouraged joint activities such as hiking or factory tours. After the end of the war in 1945, he was both the professional contact for the reconstruction of the companies in Glashütte and was demanded during the institutional transition from watchmaker to engineering school. Paul Biber died unexpectedly on September 1, 1957.
On occasion of his 125th birthday, the German Watch Museum dedicates a small exhibition to Paul Biber in the entrance hall of the museum. Photographs, original documents and fine mechanical workpieces provide an insight into the professional path of Biber’s life and his work at the German School of Watchmaking Glashütte. A visual presentation displays Paul Biber‘s stages of life.
The exhibition is open to the public in the entrance hall of the German Watch Museum Glashütte from July 6 until October 3, 2016 from 10am to 5pm.